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Presentation on approaches to measure medicine prices and price components, by Marg Ewen, Health Action International, at the launch of the Medicines Transparency Alliance, London 15 May 2008

Presentation on approaches to measure medicine prices and price components, by Marg Ewen, Health Action International, at the launch of the Medicines Transparency Alliance, London 15 May 2008

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Measuring Medicine Prices

  1. 1. Measuring medicine prices, availability, affordability and price components Margaret Ewen Health Action International
  2. 2. WHO/HAI Project on Medicine Prices and Availability <ul><li>improve the availability and </li></ul><ul><li>affordability of essential medicines </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a reliable methodology for collecting and analysing price and availability data across healthcare sectors in a country </li></ul><ul><li>Price transparency; survey data on a freely accessible website allowing international comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for appropriate pricing policies and programmes, and monitor their impact </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Measures medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>prices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>availability </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>affordability </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>component costs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revision based on the experiences of 55+ surveys undertaken in all regions of the world </li></ul></ul>Survey tools and data: www.haiweb.org/medicineprices Second edition of the WHO/HAI survey manual Available now
  4. 4. <ul><li>What’s new in the manual? </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology changes – sampling, medicines, </li></ul><ul><li>measuring price components </li></ul><ul><li>New guidance on international comparisons, </li></ul><ul><li>policy options, advocacy and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded workbook & new resources </li></ul><ul><li>Regional workshops on new manual & tools </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Anglophone Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Asia </li></ul><ul><li>2009: Francophone Africa, possibly other regions </li></ul><ul><li>WHO/HAI and international pricing policy experts </li></ul><ul><li>Developing guidance on policies that affect medicine </li></ul><ul><li>prices and their impact in various settings </li></ul>

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